Salado Del Rio at Fort Sam Houston Golf Course in San Antonio, Texas, USA | GolfPass
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3.7
123 Reviews (123)
5 Stars
29
4 Stars
55
3 Stars
23
2 Stars
8
1 Stars
8
Conditions
3.3
Value
4.0
Layout
4.0
Friendliness
4.1
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.4
82.7%
Recommend this course
102 out of 123 reviews
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2.9
16 Reviews (16)
5 Stars
1
4 Stars
6
3 Stars
3
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
3
Conditions
2.6
Value
3.3
Layout
3.4
Pace
3.8
Amenities
3.4
StaffFriendliness
3.9
68.8%
Recommend this course
11 out of 16 reviews
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3.5
31 Reviews (31)
5 Stars
7
4 Stars
13
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
4
Conditions
3.1
Value
3.7
Layout
3.8
Pace
3.9
Amenities
3.4
StaffFriendliness
4.0
80.6%
Recommend this course
25 out of 31 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Military/Public
Par 72
Length 6755 yards
Slope 121
Rating 72.7

Fort Sam Houston is home to two 18-hole courses, Salado Del Rio and La Lorna. The Salado del Rio course is the more scenic of the two, offering spectacular views of the rustic countryside. The historic facility boasts some famous players including Sam Snead and Arnold Palmer. The layout is also more difficult than the other championship course at the club due to the presence of numerous blind shots and water hazards. Both Fort Sam Houstan golf courses feature tight, tree-lined fairways and greens that are medium in both size and speed. In addition to the two golf courses, Fort Sam Houston also houses extensive practice facilities including a practice chipping green and lighted driving range.

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Course Details

Year Built 1976
Greens Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS No
Pull-carts Yes - $15

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies No
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Appropriate golf attire.

Food & Beverage

Snacks

Available Facilities

Clubhouse

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Military Courses in the U.S. (2021 #6)

Reviews

3.7
123 Reviews (123)
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Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
2.0
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First Time Playing

Needs some work

The course was not in the best shape due to limited rain. The cost to play was high due to the shape of the course. I will not play here again till they fix the fairways and greens. There are other courses for the same price and in a lot better shape.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 10
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser

Check-in process was not smooth. No record in GC system so I had to provide proof via celll phone of GolfNow reservation. Required to show military ID. Why ..Lackland AFB not required?
Range ball machine malfunction caused delay in warm up.
You can tell grounds crew working hard to make T-box, fairway and greens improvements. Bunkers were essentially black dirt. Was informed by a "regular" that bunkers would be filled in & covered with grass to improve tempo of play. KUDOS to maintenance crew. Once their improvement plan is completed, the course should be in good shape-

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Decent Round

Greens were quite “hairy “! Other than that..good time!!

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Terrible Course Layout

Not impressed with this course at all! I played Salado creek side so maybe the other course was better but the layout was terrible, not well marked and sloppy. Had it not been for other players in front of me, there's some holes I would've completely missed due to the hard to find path and direction. They could improve it with better directional signs or a bigger map on the scorecard but this was a very frustrating course for me. Won't play it again...
Not to mention, the greens on some holes were dry dirt patches and in very rough condition. Just needs a lot of work...

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Poor
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Problems with tee time

My tee time was set for 1100am….. we arrived and were told we would have to wait an additional hour and a half

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap Don't know
Skill Beginner
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

This course was in very condtion.

Just challenging enough for most" weekend golfers".
It was in very good condition. Unfortunately there no way to get water unless you brought your own cup.
I would recommend this course because it is Spring and everything is green.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Terrible Greens

The course was in very rough shape all around. The fairways were not well groomed. The greens on every hole were in awe full shape. They were scorched on about 50% making it extremely difficult to read the greens and putt. I understand that they may be under staffed but the course appeared as if it isn’t being maintained at all. After discount the round was $30 and in my opinion wasn’t even worth that much. Would not recommend anyone play here until they fix the greens.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Salado creek Ft. Sam Houston

The greens were terrible. So unpredictable and there was areas that were so rough the ball would bounce around in the way to the cup. Limited signs to direct you to the next hole. Staff was short and curt. Unfriendly towards customer.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 30
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Rude employee

Round was good but the pro shop employee was very rude and not helpful at all.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 03/04/2022

Exceptionally rude pro shop employee on a Sunday. Played here before and never had an issue but wasn't allowed to play because I didn't have military ID. Golf Now gave me a refund but the jerk at course tried to talk them out of it. Man shouldn't be in customer service.

Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Diseased Greens

Golf course is in horrendous condition right now. Worst I've ever seen. Crab grass and bald spots all over the greens. I get it, it's winter time...but it's also Texas. Go to Randolph AFB instead. Cheaper and way nicer. Won't be back here for a good while.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 23
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Fine experience - different coourse

The clubhouse manager switched us to LaLoma course. No problem to us. He also asked us if either of us were Veterans; when we were not, he wanted to do a background check - not mentioned on Golf Now. Since he found our that we were visiting travelers he just asked us not to play these courses again that week.. Interesting!!

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Very disappointed with, and offended by staff

Without doubt, the rudest staff I ever experienced in my 50+ years of playing golf.

Upon walking into the clubhouse without a mask, I was curtly directed to leave until I put on a mask. I’m fine with staff enforcing protocol; but, after going back out to my car to get a mask and returning to the pro shop, the same staff person was checking-in a “regular” who was NOT wearing a mask.

Next, the staff person would not check me in until I gave him my GolfNow reservation number. He said the pro shop did not have my name, and I needed to provide the number. No reservation number, no round of golf. Double standards and offensive attitudes in the pro shop appear to be par for the course at the Ft. Sam Houston golf course.

I arrived early for my round so I hit a small bucket of balls and practiced in the short game area. About an hour before my tee time, I asked a course marshal if I could tee-off early. He said that since no one is on the #1 tee box, to go ahead. As I was about to address the ball, someone from the pro shop came racing down in a golf cart to tell me that because I made a reservation using GolfNow, I could NOT tee-off early and had to wait for the other GolfNow players at the designated time. So, I returned to the short game area.

About 45 minutes later, the pro shop sent the original marshal down to tell me that I could proceed to the #1 tee: by myself, and placed just behind a foursome.

I’ve played a lot of golf in my 50+ years at some great venues. Hand-in-hand with those extraordinary venues is usually extraordinary customer service. The rude and discourteous behavior by at least two people on this staff is beyond the pale. Certainly, the leadership at Ft. Sam Houston cannot be aware of this attitude at the golf facility since it reflects an utter disregard for the necessary, appropriate and proper military decorum.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Poor
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Extremely Easy
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Good track

This is a fun course with interesting holes. Course is in pretty good shape. Some greens could use a little work. Overall is a good course for the price.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Lots of doglegs

Course was in good shape and many challenging holes due to the doglegs. Definitely made you choose the correct club when taking your 2nd shot of many holes. The greens were really nice and rolled really well. They were very busy, but we maintained a good pace and never backed up that day. The only negative I have was the tee boxes from the tips, some were beat up, but nothing that I could not find a good spot to hit my tee shots. The pro shop personnel were extremely friendly and items well stocked. I will definitely play here again.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 20
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

The only problem was they had no record of the booking time and reservation time but the course staff made sure we got off to play.. This was my first time to book a time and want sure why they had no record of confirmation number.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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